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Posts Tagged: Geolocation

May 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

ISIS Had a Social Media Campaign, So We Tracked Them Down

On Saturday, numerous supporters of ISIS posted pictures on social media from major European cities, displaying messages of support for the group. This social media campaign was in support of an imminent speech from ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. In these photographs, backgrounds of various European cities can be seen, with the intention of, as described…

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December 1, 2015

By Christiaan Triebert

What OSINT Tells Us About the Bakery Bombing

Videos of airstrikes targeting an alleged bakery in Syria’s Idlib Governorate sparked heavy debates on social media. The Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH) said it manages the bakery with funding from the Qatar Charity. This article examines what we can and cannot know so far about the airstrikes, using open source intelligence (OSINT). It establishes several certainties, but…

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November 11, 2015

By Nathan Patin

Geolocation Once Again Disproves Russia’s Targeting Claims in Syria

In just three days, Russian aircraft have carried out 137 sorties, targeting 448 “terrorist objects” throughout Syria, according to a Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) press briefing held by spokesperson Igor Konashenkov on 9 November 2015. Three airstrikes previously posted on the MoD’s YouTube page were singled out by Konashenkov for closer examination. Given the Russian MoD’s well-documented propensity for fabricating information, it’s a…

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May 31, 2015

By Askai707

The Avalanche that Went from Russia to Ukraine

Читать пост на русском языке One of the most obvious examples of Russia’s supplying of military equipment to the Donbass can be found in the infantry fighting vehicle (BMP-2) with the inscription of “Lavina” [Avalanche] and painted-over hull number. At the end of August 2014, “Lavina” was recorded in Staraya Stanitsa, Russa, just north of…

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May 26, 2015

By Ruslan Leviev

Confirmed: Active Russian Spetsnaz Serviceman Photographed in Luhansk

Ruslan Leviev and his team of investigators recently released an in-depth report on three Russian soldiers who died fighting in Ukraine. Leviev and his team members managed to track down the gravesites of each of these soldiers, all of which belonged to and were still active servicemen in the Russian 16th Separate Spetsnaz Brigade, military unit 54607. One of…

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May 4, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 1: Panoramio

This post was originally published on AutomatingOSINT.com. When geolocating a photograph part of the effort involves looking at photos from various websites (Flickr, Panoramio, Wikimapia) that may lie within the area of interest. We are going to use a previous Bellingcat post (Geolocating Tunisian Jihadists in Raqqah) as a starting point for beginning to automate…

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